James Vince sets up strong Hampshire victory
Hampshire 205 for 5 beat Gloucestershire 177 by 28 runs
Teenager James Vince's bruising 77 guided Hampshire to a 28-run victory at the Rose Bowl keeping Gloucestershire rock bottom of the Friends Provident t20 South Group. Vince and South African Neil McKenzie (55) put on 110 for the third wicket but Gloucestershire ran the hosts close only to suffer a lower-order collapse, making just 13 runs for the last six wickets.
Gloucestershire will feel the architects of their own downfall as both Vince and McKenzie were also dropped in successive Richard Dawson overs by Steve Snell and Will Porterfield on modest scores.
Hampshire had got off to an indifferent start as openers Jimmy Adams (eight) fell in the third over and Michael Lumb (21) soon followed - run out attempting a risky third. Hampshire progressed past the 100 mark in the 12th over without any further drama with Vince celebrating his first half-century in the t20 season, from just 30 balls.
McKenzie followed the youngster adding a second half-century in a week, smashing Dawson over mid-off to also take his side past the 150 mark. The following delivery saw the partnership was broken as McKenzie skipped down the track, was deceived by Dawson and Jonathan Batty whipped off the bails.
Vince departed shortly after with Sean Ervine and Dominic Cork plundering 20 runs off the final over as the hosts reached 205 for 5.
Needing more than 10 an over Gloucestershire nearly began in shambolic fashion as Aaron Redmond was dropped first ball by Dawson, edging Cork. Dawson though atoned the following over as Porterfield clipped Chris Wood to the England Under-19 international who clung on, in what was arguably a tougher chance.
Wood claimed a second wicket as Redmond edged to Nic Pothas and Chris Taylor followed, trying to lift Ervine over mid-wicket and was claimed by Dawson. Adams and Simon Jones both dropped successive catches and Gloucestershire by the 11th over were 96 for three, scoring at a similar rate, with James Franklin and Chris Dent in good touch.
Dent took his side past 100 with a huge six but Franklin (46) holed out chasing his 50, caught by Wood on the boundary. That appeared the breakthrough but Snell continued with aggression, in tandem with Dent, putting on 50 for the fifth wicket.
But four wickets for just three runs swung the game firmly in the host's favour as Snell's stumps were uprooted by a rapid Jones delivery, Dent then carelessly ran out Dawson first ball. Dent's innings came to a close for a credible 63 as he was trapped lbw trying to reverse sweep Danny Briggs and the young Hampshire spinner then bamboozled Jon Lewis with a fine Yorker.
Gemaal Hussain was well caught by an athletic Vince and Wood wrapped up the innings running out Anthony Ireland as Gloucestershire were all out for 177.